2003-09-05 / Columnists

Looking Backward

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Looking Backward What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

The new Transit Police District 23 facility in the Beach 116 Street subway station has amazed City Councilman Walter Ward. The facility, opened in 1977, was recently upgraded.

It’s Mardi Gras time in Broad Channel! "Keep up with the action and follow us," urges the Broad Channel Athletic Club. Morning, day and evening events are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Selichot services (prayers for forgiveness) will be featured this weekend—generally at midnight or at least before dawn—for most Jewish congregations—Orthodox, Conservative and Reform.

Children entering school for the first time and children who need immunization to continue going to school can get their vaccination and necessary shots without charge at the city’s health center at Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Rockaway Irish Festival volunteers were treated to a "thank you" party at Tubridy’s Old Boulevard Café. A highlight of the party was the presentation of a check for $4,000 to the United Irish Foundation.

"Terrific!" That’s what Mayor Ed Koch called the Brookdale Village Senior Center in a letter sent to the membership of JASA (Jewish Association for the Aged).

A man shot in the parking lot of Ocean Village was in such critical condition at press time that the hospital would not even give a prognosis.

Subway station signs, including the ones in Rockaway and Broad Channel, are going to be replaced and improved by 1984, according to Assemblywoman Gerdi E. Lipschutz.

30 Years Ago...

Frank J. Hogan and William J. Wilkerson, now of Freeport, L.I. have given The Wave a copy of the photo of the baseball team which represented "Rockaway’s Own" the 24th Company, in France, during World War I.

Jerry’s Knishes, the popular seasonal eatery at Beach 35 Street and the oceanfront asked the city for a little help recently. What they received was a lot of help. Since the Beach 35 Street ramp to the ocean washed away in March, the crowds could not get to Jerry’s. The Parks Department bulldozed a path from the beach to the rear of the eatery, where the picnic tables and umbrellas are set up. In return, the Parks Dept. and 500 disadvantaged children were treated to knishes and pop.

The Wavecrest Civic Association is protesting to the Army Corps of Engineers the permit to construct a sewerage outfall in Jamaica Bay and is demanding a public hearing before the work is allowed to proceed.

Rockaway Democrats are beginning to close ranks and forget differences as they rally in support of Comptroller Abe Beame, their party’s candidate for New York City Mayor in the upcoming general election.

40 Years Ago...

Cross Bay Boulevard is crowded with fisherman near the North Channel bridge, but there are not so many near the Beach Channel Bridge. Could the 10-cent toll be a factor?

As the temperatures barely reached the 60s, it felt like November instead of September. Wasn’t it just 15 years ago when temperatures hit 100 degrees this time of year?

It is a strange Primary Day today when the polls were not open because there are no local contests. But it will be different next year. For one thing, Milton Jacobowitz will have to run again for the Democratic leadership.

A car improperly parked on the "closed" Beach 87 Street prevented a truck from getting to the Dayton Park construction site. So a gang of workmen just picked the car up and carried it to the boulevard.

50 Years Ago...

Mardi Gras time was the big news in Broad Channel over the Labor Day weekend with every day filled with new events. Among the many prizewinners were: Edward Brandel and Lonnie Kass.

Dr. Benjamin Shapiro of 80-02 Boulevard is visiting his grandson in San Diego, California.

The Companions of the Forest of America, Circle 1447, held a box party on Tuesday evening, at the Democratic Club on Shad Creek Road. Games were played and prizes awarded.

Mrs. Elsie Glass, owner of the Glass Bakery at 10 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard is home receiving friends and notes of thanks while recovering from foot surgery.

Mr. and Mrs. John Travers of 118-04 Boulevard are overjoyed with the birth of their daughter who was born at Rockaway Beach Hospital.


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